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Jets Ink Former Panthers Center Ryan Kalil

The Jets have signed former Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The deal will be signed once Kalil passes his physical.

The 34-year-old Kalil had announced his “retirement” but apparently that retirement only lasted until a better opportunity came along. Originally a second-round pick out of USC in 2007, Kalil spent 12 years in Carolina but his 2016 season was cut short with a shoulder injury and he was able to suit up for only six games in 2017 due to a serious neck injury.

He did rebound to start all 16 games in 2018 but did not play particularly well.

That said, Khalil is a clear upgrade from presumed starter Jonotthan Harrison for the Jets. His arrival is likely good news for second-year franchise QB Sam Darnold and pricey free agent running back Le’Veon Bell.


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